Midway Arcade Treasures Is All About the Extras

Sinistar

Let’s get something out of the way: This looks like shovelware, right? It looks like another production house releasing the moldy versions of old games from over twenty years ago. Nothing says “quality game collection” quite like the pattern of “excrete, repackage, profit.” That’s exactly what I thought when I received Midway Arcade Treasures¬†as a present. I had literally nothing to lose, so I threw the game into my PlayStation 2 to play some Sinistar and never use it again.

Then came the unexpected twist: The extras on this disc kept me watching for hours.

The extras are all the retro circulars, posters, and cabinet variants. There are in-depth interviews with the creators of these games where they speak about the concepts, challenges, and funny asides that come with developing arcade games during the industry’s renaissance.

You can watch the programmer of Sinistar talk about how a child in an arcade showed him how to get 255 lives through a glitch, and the child had no idea who he was talking to. You can watch the team behind Klax talk about how they paid random people on the street a few dollars each to record the game’s memorably awkward crowd sound effects. There’s even more on the disc about games I wasn’t a fan of, but perhaps you are.

If you see this in your local used games store, it’s probably cheap as dirt. Pick it up, take it home, and watch a documentary on your PS2.

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